Proper Nutrition Makes All the Difference
In this time of extremely volatile markets, creating high quality, low cost feed formulations has never been more difficult. One of the most critical components of the feed ration is supplemental energy. It has never made more sense to supplement animal diets with Feed Energy fats and oils than it does today. Here is why:
Carbs vs. Proteins vs. Fats
As you know, energy can come from carbohydrates, proteins or fats. The price ratio between the cost of carbohydrates and proteins (high) compared to supplemental fats (low) has never been greater. Sure you are paying more for supplemental fat today than you did 20 years ago, but as a percentage of the cost compared to carbohydrates and proteins, supplemental fat is a good deal.
Extra Caloric Effect
The addition of supplemental fats and oils to animal diets decreases the amount of time it takes for the overall diet to make its way through the digestive tract of animals. This increases the uptake of the overall nutrients of the diet. Add up the calories you should expect to get from the individual components of the diet, then test the overall calories you received in the diet and you will find it is much greater. This is what Feed Energy calls the Extra Caloric Effect.
Many formulas exist to measure the metabolizable energy of an animal’s diet. Only one formula, the Garrett Formula, subtracts for moisture, insolubles, unsaponifiables, saturated fatty acids, phospholipids, oxidation and polymerization oligomers. Feed Energy uses only the Garrett Formula to measure the metabolizable energy of its products. So when we say you are receiving 4,000 kilocalories per pound, you are truly getting 4,000 kilocalories.
Delivering the Right Linoleic and Linolenic Fatty Acids
Feed Energy’s all vegetable products have more than 50 percent Linoleic Acid and more than 80 percent long-chain, unsaturated fatty acids. Our products also contain more than six percent Linolenic Acid, equivalent to the level found in crude soybean oil, but much higher than what is found in corn oil. This is important because Linolenic Acid is an Omega-3 fatty acid while Linoleic is an Omega-6 fatty acid. More Omega-3 fatty acids present in a diet increases the anti-inflammation properties and overall health of the animal. Feed Energy’s line of Animal/Vegetable blends have 75 percent long-chain, unsaturated fatty acids, contain 32 percent Linoleic Acid and three percent Linolenic Acid, an optimal level when compared against animal fats which usually contain just 10 to 20 percent Linoleic and less than one percent Linolenic Acid.
Blending For Fatty Acid Profile
Fatty acids or lipids have the highest energy density among all macronutrients and offer numerous benefits. These include improved feed quality, a reduction of dust in feed, decreased feed particle separation, increased palatability of the overall diet, digestive lubrication, increased feed digestibility, energy production, nutrient transport and development of cellular structure. Besides having high caloric values these are also great sources of fat soluble vitamins such as A, E and K. Fatty acids are chains of carbon and hydrogen atoms which link to each other and to glycerol to form triglycerides or stand alone to form free fatty acids.